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The mission of the Physician Manpower Training Commissions is to enhance medical care in rural and underserved areas of the state by administering residency, internship and scholarship incentive programs that encourage medical and nursing personnel to practice in rural and underserved areas. Further, PMTC is to upgrade the availability of health care services by increasing the number of practicing physicians, nurses and physician assistants in rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma.
PMTC Introduction and Objectives
PMTC, as developed under the provisions of the Oklahoma State Statutes, became fully functional as of November 1, 1975. PMTC was originally charged by the legislature to administer three programs:
The Oklahoma Rural Medical Education Scholarship Loan Program (sunset program December 2016)
The Oklahoma Community Physician Education Scholarship Loan Program (which is no longer in existence) and
The Oklahoma Intern-Resident Cost-Sharing Program.
Through the Oklahoma Intern-Resident cost-sharing program, PMTC provides a portion of the salaries of primary care interns and residents so additional internship and residency positions may be developed by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa and the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Subsequently the Oklahoma Legislature has added the responsibility of a Physician Placement Program, Nursing Student Assistance Program, the FP Resident Rural Program, the Physician Community Match Program and the Physician Assistant Scholarship Program, and Physician Loan Repayment.
The Commission is guided in all the programs by a sense of stewardship which requires that maximum effort, both individual and organizational, be utilized to increase the number of practicing physicians, nurses and physician assistants in Oklahoma and, particularly, in rural and underserved areas of the state.
PMTC has developed, in accord with legislative intent, five high priority goals:
Work to improve the balance of physician manpower distribution in the State of Oklahoma, both by type of practice and by geographic location;
Aid accredited physician training facilities in the establishment of additional primary medical care and family practice internship and residency training programs by sharing in the cost of these programs;
Assist Oklahoma communities in selecting and financing qualified medical and osteopathic interns/residents to participate in the Physician Community Match Program;
Assist Oklahoma communities, in any manner possible, in contacting medical and osteopathic students, interns and residents, or other physicians (inside and outside Oklahoma) who might wish to practice in Oklahoma;
Work with Oklahoma communities and the leadership of Oklahoma's nurse training institutions to provide nurses for underserved areas of the state.